Full disclosure, I have a story in this anthology which means this review is exclusive to this blog and probably also Goodreads because they let you review your own books.
First, a little about the anthology:
A child who’s been betrayed by everyone hurts the only man who’s ever shown her kindness.
A teen stands at the crossroads of his impulses and his convictions.
A reformed addict needs help from a total stranger to protect her child.
Love lies at the heart of the Christian’s journey, but in moments of crisis, love often seems the most difficult of the virtues. In this anthology, nine of the brightest voices in independent Christian fiction offer novelettes about individuals at the crossroads, and the opportunities they have to respond with Christian love in all its forms.
“By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples.”
Whether it’s a grieving husband or a girl dead before her time, each soul finds itself face to face with a choice: follow Christ’s toughest commandment, or remain focused on
Join these nine authors on a journey into the most difficult facet of the Christian life, but the one by which Christ Himself promised we would be recognized.
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Title: The Light Leads to Love
Written By: Bokerah Brumley, Patricia Bell, Faith Blum, Robin Merrill, A-M Frisby, Leila Tualla, Jane Lebak, C.L. Wells, Dyanne Gordon Green
Genre: Christian Fiction
Recommended Ages: 13 & up
The stories each varied in their representation of love in such a way that you really get a good feel for how many different types of love there are. Whether it’s the love of a grandfather just getting to know his teenage granddaughter, a brother for his sister, a man for his deceased wife, or a mother for her daughter you get it all here.
Each author had a good grasp on their characters and wrote them well. The characters all had uniqueness and depth.
I never thought the dialogue was stilted or out of place. Every time someone spoke you could tell they were from their particular time period.
All of the plots had their own merits and demerits, but overall, they were good. There was one story where I was confused as to what all was going on for a while, but that was alleviated partway through.
Overall writing quality: 1/1
You can definitely tell the differences between the authors, but that isn’t a bad thing here. Each of them have their own strengths and weaknesses.
The book is long with 9 novelettes in it, so this means it needs to be put down once in a while. Rarely did I do so due to the story itself, though.
If you like Christian fiction in various sub-genres, I think you will like this book.